Discrimination Claims for Employees

The Equality Act 2010 protects individuals against discrimination in relation to their:

  • Sex;
  • race (e.g. race, ethnic or national origin);
  • age;
  • disability;
  • pregnancy or maternity;
  • status as a married person or civil partner;
  • gender reassignment;
  • sexual orientation;
  • religion or belief (which includes philosophical belief).

These are known as “protected characteristics”.

It is unlawful to discriminate against or harass an individual because of a protected characteristic. This applies to all areas of employment including recruitment, contractual terms, working conditions, promotions, transfers, dismissals and training. Former employees are also protected, as well as applicants for employment, agency workers, office-holders and partners.

It is not only employers who may be found liable for discrimination, but also colleagues of the victim and others who have been involved. Employers are responsible for the ways that employees and workers treat each other too.

The tests and rules governing discrimination vary depending on the particular protected characteristic and it is a fast moving area of law. It is recommended that employees who believe they may be the victims of discrimination take legal advice. Our experienced team would be pleased to provide that advice.

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